March 17, 2018

OCC Shoebox Stockpile Saturday ~ 3/17/2018 ~ Nearly 90% Saved

I had some pretty good success shopping for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes this week.  At Bargain Hunt I found a lot of already discounted items with dates that made them an additional 90% off!  I don't think I paid more than $0.60 for anything in this photo.

Mighty Dollar also had some good deals, some fishing floats, and lots of scissor two packs-normally near $5 at Office Depot-for $1.

Spent from shoebox packing budget: $40.25 
Saved $332.43  or   89%

Saved shopping at Mighty Dollar over Office Depot:  $97.10
Saved through Bargain Hunt prices: $114
Saved through watching Bargain Hunt Dates: $121.33

Added to packing stockpile:

  • 11 Stuffed animals
  • 1 Doll
  • 80+ Bandanas
  • 44 Scissors
  • 20 Fishing Floats

March 13, 2018

Fitting a Chess or Game in an Operation Christmas Child Go Shoebox

Sometimes I want to send something in a shoebox I pack for Samaritain's Purse's Operation Christmas Child, but have a hard time figuring out how to get it to fit in the box.  So, I thought I'd share ideas and tips I've learned in this series of posts about making it fit.  So today, I'll share about chess and/or checkers games.  
Sometimes you just can't fit them in standard shoeboxes depending on the board, and sometimes they come packaged in such a way you can just pop them in like this one from Dollar Tree (affiliate link).   Or you can craft one from cloth, so it'd be soft and fit in just fine.

For others the board is folded and could fit easily in the box, but the packaging cannot.  So first step is to get it out of the packaging,  But we want to be sure no pieces are lost in packing, transit, processing, and the child unpacking.  You also want to be sure they know they go together.  A simple zippered plastic bag will wok, or for a more permanent option-a sewn bag is great!

I'm currently hoping to find simple, illustrated instructions with minimal text of how to play both games to include when I send them.

This post contained affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links, this helps me afford the time to write this blog and keep up the Facebook page.  

March 11, 2018

Great Deal on Bar Soap for OCC Shoeboxes

It's baaaaack!   The coupon on Dial Bar soap many of us like to use to get soap for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes is available again.  Also check this Sunday's newspaper, as the same coupon may be there as well!

The link to this coupon is my referral link, and I'll be compensated if you print coupons through it.

Save $1.00 on TWO (2) DIAL® Foaming Hand Wash, Liquid Soap Refills, and/or Bar Soap (3-bar or Larger) excludes trial and travel sizes

You should be able to use the coupon on these 3 packs at Dollar Tree (you can see Dollar Tree's coupon policy here):

That works out to less than 20 cents a bar.   Sometimes there is confusion with using printable coupons at some Dollar Trees.  My suggestions are: print the coupons on normal quality, not fast draft (as I often do with coupons) to be sure they'll scan better, be ready to explain the small print of the coupon saying "off any 3 pack", and personally I always carry a printed copy of Dollar Tree's coupon policy. Of course, one should also be prepared to be polite and take no for an answer. Other people use the coupons at Walmart or another store.

There is also this coupon (affiliate) for 6 packs or larger that might lead to a good deal at another store-I think I heard Dollar General may have some on clearance. 
Save $1.00 on ONE (1) DIAL® or TONE® Body Wash and/or Bar Soap (6-bar or Larger) excludes trial and travel sizes

Saving Star (if you are unfamiliar with Saving Star, you can see here for more info from one of my other blogs)  also has a deal out right now, and you can combine a coupon and Saving Star (affiliate)
Save $1.00 on ONE (1) DIAL® or TONE® Body Wash and/or Bar Soap (6-bar or Larger) excludes trial and travel sizes
Save $1.00 when you buy ONE (1) Dial® Complete® 2 in 1 Bar Soap, Foaming Hand Wash, Hand Soap Refills or Bar Soap (3 BAR OR LARGER).Expires 4/1/2018.Save $1.00.(Only at BJs, Bashas', Big Y, Blair's, Bowmans, Broulim's, Buehlers, C&R, CVS, Copps, Country M

DisclosureThis post contained affiliate links and I will be compensated if you print a coupon after clicking on my links, this helps me afford the time to write this blog and keep up the Facebook page.  But, I only share affiliate links for items I think would be good for shoeboxes, and fellow shoebox packers.  Most the time it will be things I've personally reviewed or packed.

March 10, 2018

OCC Shoebox Stockpile Saturday ~ 3/10/2018 ~ Donations and clearance

Some friends who iare planning a mission trip to Africa were selling some crafts to help fund it..  They donated some to us! Bags, scarves, and crayon and paper cases...with crayons and paper!!!!

I really liked the feather fabric and I had already started a butterfly themed box this year, so that will be great.  I was especially excited about the camera fabric as I'd gotten this camera journal a few years ago, and hadn't got it sent yet. 

I had also picked up a few things at Dollar General at  90% off Valentines.

Spent from shoebox packing budget: $1
Saved $10 

February 26, 2018

Dollar Tree Easter Duck/Chick Themed Shoebox

I recently got the chance to shop at Dollar Tree for items to fill an Operation Christmas Child shoebox as I was compensated for this post. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.  But, my opinions are my own.

When I went to look at Easter Crafts, Supplies, and More At Dollar Tree I found lots of cute and fun things to make a themed shoebox.  When I was little I really liked ducks, so I decided to do a theme box of ducks/chicks/Easter.  When I make a themed Operation Christmas Child shoebox, I don't leave out anything on our basic packing list-just try to find versions of what we are putting in that goes with the theme and occasionally an extra item or two.

While this blog is mainly about shoeboxes, but those of us who like to help children with shoeboxes, probably also look for other ways to encourage others.
 I thought it'd be really fun to make a small "basket" for a homebound friend or family member, or someone in a nursing home.  I have to say I just really fell in love with this pail!  I think it'd be great as an Easter basket (very reusable). 

I have to say-I totally fell in love with these stuffed animals, often $1 stuffed animals are not that nice, but Dollar Tree often seems to have some nice ones, and these-especially the lamb-was SO CUTE!!!  They're also a great size for shoeboxes and seem pretty sturdy and soft!  Click on the photo, if you'd like to order some for your boxes!

Here's what went into the box, everything bought at  Dollar Tree - Everything Is Just $1.  I've included (affiliate) links to the items I could find in the store in case you'd like to buy them online:

Fun Items:
Hygiene Supplies:
School/Art Supplies:
Practical Items:

Now, getting all that to fit in a shoebox was a bit of a pinch, and I had to give up the soap case, but it did end up all fitting.  Thanks, in part, to the tip of putting things inside the water bottle.

Didn't it turn out cute?  That would even make a fun Easter favor/gift for a Sunday School class or something by itself.  If you'd like to see how the whole box was packed/fit (I ended up using a plastic shoebox instead of the cardboard one as it fit better, and had to give up on the soap dish) check out this video I made of "unboxing" the shoebox after showing some of what went into the box and a couple crafts!

I was compensated for this video and post, but my opinions are my own. There are also affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

February 24, 2018

OCC Shoebox Stockpile Saturday ~ 2/24/2018~Valentines Clearance and Dollar Tree

Thanks to Valentine's clearance at Dollar General we were able to stock up on stuffed animals!  I think we're pretty well set for the year, now, with what we've gotten the last couple months.  I'm really grateful, because I was a little worried!  Some were 50% off, others 70%, worked out to $0.30-$0.90.

I also picked up some goodies at Dollar Tree for a post I'm writing.  I really liked the stuffed animals, especially the lamb, so even though it wasn't on sale, I got an extra one!  You can order the duck, lamb (& bunnies) in bulk (that's an affiliate link and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on it).

Spent from shoebox packing budget: $30.82 
Saved thru clearance:  $26.20 

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